Mined from the notebooks, Wednesday, July 4, 2018. Posted Monday, July 16, 2018.
“The Battle of Concord: Engagement at North Bridge”. Essentially a wall-sized .gif based on a 1775 engraving by Amos Doolittle at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia. Sorry I can’t show it to you inaction. The gun smoke rises from the muskets. The sky lights up with reflected musket fire. The soldiers on both sides march back and forth across the bridge. It’s really cool. Photo by Oliver Mannion. Taken December 27, 2017.
From the Department of Ideas in Search of a Post:
We’re always in crisis. The Republic’s always in danger. Franklin warned us but he was doubtful. He’d be amazed we’ve been able to keep it so long. We’ve been in fierce argument with each other from the first over the same questions: Can individuals govern themselves? Are we really all created equal? Are some pigs more equal than others? Which ones? Why and why them? What do we do about it? Raise them up or bring them down to our level? We are and have been right from the start divided between those who believe freedom is for everyone and those who believe it's reserved for a privileged few. Those wounds are complicated and compounded by it’s not always being a left-right debate and by frequent appearances of aristocrats on the side of general freedom and members of the rabble one the side of the divine right of would-be kings and other tyrants to lord it over themselves and the rest of us.
We’re in a time of real crisis. But there have been times that were worse. But just because the nation’s survived worse crises in the past doesn’t guarantee we’ll survive this one. People survive open-heart surgery only to be killed by an infection.
Trump is an infection. A germ who saw opportunity in our permanently open wounds.